CES 2011: Gadgets Galore

What devices will rock our world in 2011?

The holidays may be over, but for gadget freaks the real treat starts this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Take a look at some of the gadgets making a splash at this year's show.

Genius FaceCam 1050 3D HD webcam:

Genius FaceCam 1050 3D HD webcam: Includes two 720p HD image sensors for supporting 3D video recording or HD Web chat. No drivers required, and you can press a button to upload videos to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Works with Windows and Mac PCs. (About $55)


NETGEAR Push2TV HD: This unit can wirelessly project your laptop screen and sound to a TV in full HD 1080p resolution. Using Intel's Wireless Display technology, this lets you get the full browser experience (watching Web videos) on your HD TV. ($120).

NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual-band Gigabit Router:

NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual-band Gigabit Router: The "Ultimate Networking Machine" is aimed at home networks looking to do HD video streaming and gaming. New features include a dynamic channel selector to avoid 2.4GHz interference, the ability to connect an external hard drive or USB printer for wireless sharing (and remote access), and a broadband usage meter for tracking data downloaded. ($180).

NETGEAR N300 Wireless Router with Built-in Powerline AV:

NETGEAR N300 Wireless Router with Built-in Powerline AV: Hybrid unit that combines an 802.11n wireless router with a powerline adapter. A "pick a plug" features tells you the best power outlet for optimal powerline performance, and the hybrid plug (it powers the unit and provides the adapter) means one less cable to plug in. ($120).

Altec Lansing inMotion Air speakers:

Altec Lansing inMotion Air speakers: This wireless speaker system ($199.95, available in February) streams music up to 300 feet away from a computer, iPhone, iPad or other Bluetooth-enabled audio devices. It includes a rechargeable battery with up to 7 hours of playing time and includes remote control functions in iTunes and Windows Media Player.

Seagate GoFlex for Mac external drives:

Seagate GoFlex for Mac external drives: The storage company is extending its GoFlex line of portable storage drives with the flexible module offerings for Mac users. The new devices are HFS+ formatted out of the box, compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software, yet able to work across Windows and Mac OS X systems. Devices range from the ultra-portable drive (up to 1.5TB) to the desktop version (up to 3TB).

Blue Microphones Yeti Pro:

Blue Microphones Yeti Pro: The professional microphone company is launching this USB microphone that combines 24-bit 192kHz recording resolution, with analog XLR output. This lets users capture audio with 4x greater detail than CD-quality audio, and the analog input allows for connection to analog equipment. ($250).

Lenovo U1 hybrid with LePad slate:

Lenovo U1 hybrid with LePad slate: This two-in-one device combines a tablet/slate that can run Android applications with a keyboard base that can operate Windows 7. The Hybrid Switch lets you switch between the two operating systems, allowing for tablet-like usage as well as more traditional notebook features. The LePad slate weighs under 2 pounds, features a 10.1-inch screen, and runs the Android 2.2 OS. Will be available in China in the first quarter of 2011 for about $520 for the slate, and about $1,300 for the laptop. (U.S. availability not yet announced).


HP ENVY 17: The updated notebook includes HP's CoolSense technology, the second generation of Intel Core processors, 17.3-inch HD display and up to 2TB of storage capacity. Also includes Intel Wireless Display, letting you stream the screen's content to a HD TV.

HP Pavilion dm1:

HP Pavilion dm1: The latest thin and light notebook aims to deliver notebook performance in a smaller form factor. The dm1 includes an 11.6-inch HD display, CoolSense advanced cooling technology, 750GB hard drive, 10.75 hours of battery life and AMD Fusion processor. Starts at $450.

HP 100B All-in-One PC:

HP 100B All-in-One PC: Aimed at the SMB market, this all-in-one includes space-saving design and green features in a budget package. Starts at $499.

Clickfree Wireless:

Clickfree Wireless: This automatic backup device synchronizes with multiple computers on your home network (supports Windows and Macs). After an initial backup, the device synchs wirelessly to provide additional backups of the PCs ($179 for 500GB; $249 for 1TB).

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G:

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G: The company announced Jan. 9 availability ($149.99) of its EVO Shift smartphone, which includes the Android 2.2 OS, a 5 megapixel digital camera, 720p HD camcorder, 3.6-inch touch screen, integrated Wi-Fi and social network integration. The device can also support up to eight other Wi-Fi enabled devices as a Sprint Mobile Hotspot. A sliding QWERTY keyboard lets you do longer text input.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 and B520 all-in-ones:

Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 and B520 all-in-ones: The A320 all-in-one desktop is aimed at home computing with a slim design (18.5 mm deep), a 21.5-inch HD display, and second generation Intel Core i5 processors. The B520 is aimed at consumers looking for high-performance gaming and family entertainment in one device, with second-generation Intel Core i7 processors, a multi-touch 23-inch display, and NVIDIA 3D graphics.

Actiontech MyWireless TV:

Actiontech MyWireless TV: These multi-room wireless HDMI adapters operate over Wi-Fi and let you stream HDMI content from one source to a TV in another room "with virtually no latency." The system includes a Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver, and can support multiple rooms (up to 150 feet away) and displays. Begins shipping in the second quarter of 2011.

Orbotix Sphero

Orbotix Sphero: This robotic ball can be controlled by a smartphone. The 74mm-diameter ball can be turned into a game via an iOS or Android smartphone, and developers are working on other applications/uses for the Sphero.

Footdog video game:

Footdog video game: At CES, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice plans on announcing his Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football video game, created for the Nintendo Wii. The game has you playing as a human quarterback alongside seven dogs, and you can use your remote control to have the dogs jump, swim and catch the ball. The game includes 12 levels of different playing fields, with the goal of winning the Golden Fire Hydrant.

OlloTech?s Kube:

OlloTech's Kube: Billed as the "world's smallest MP3 player", the 23x23x23 mm Kube offers 5 to 6 hours of continuous play time, expandable memory (comes with 2GB card with 500 song capacity), and earbuds that match the color of the cube.

Optoma Neo-I pico projector / sound dock:

Optoma Neo-I pico projector / sound dock: This all-in-one unit combines an iPod/iPhone sound dock with a built-in pico projector, allowing users to project movies and music from their device onto a screen and through speakers. The unit has 16-watt stereo speakers and additional inputs to handle other devices for projection. ($450).

FaceVision V1 camera:

FaceVision V1 camera: A new model in its TouchCam lineup, the low-cost V1 720p is aimed at consumers looking for HD video calls over Skype and other services. Built-in hardware does H.264 video encoding over as little as a 1.2Mbps connection. ($70).

E FUN Nextbook Next3:

E FUN Nextbook Next3: This 8.4-inch Android tablet includes Wi-Fi and an e-reader that includes Borders' eBook Store. The device includes 2GB of memory, an SD card slot, 25 books, an MP3 player and photo viewer, and built-in speakers. ($230)

Genius Pen Mouse:

Genius Pen Mouse: This wireless pen doubles as a computer mouse, with 1200 dpi tracking and a wireless 2.4GHz connection. Power-saving mode detects when the mouse isn't being used and puts it into sleep mode. ($39)

GammaTech D12C rugged convertible notebook:

GammaTech D12C rugged convertible notebook: Before the iPad got everyone interested in tablets again, there were convertible notebooks. The lightweight D12C from GammaTech includes a 12.1-inch screen, Intel i5-540UM processor, 8GB of memory, enterprise security (TPM 1.2) and rugged features (supports MIL-810G standard).

IK Multimedia iKlip:

IK Multimedia iKlip: This microphone stand adapter lets you attach an iPad to the stand, letting you use an iPad in live settings like on a stage, in a studio or even in the board room. The clip securely positions the iPad for easy viewing, leaving the buttons and connection ports free. ($40).

Accell surge-protected PowerSquid:

Accell surge-protected PowerSquid: The latest versions of the PowerSquid products now includes surge-protected models. The power outlet multiplier converts one grounded outlet into five, and the "squid legs" provide easier access for power cubes that normally don't fit into a rigid power strip.

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